FLIGHT attendants have revealed why they greet all passengers as they board the plane – and it isn’t just about being friendly.
Kat Kamalani has become a celebrity on TikTok by sharing the secrets of her time as a flight crew member.
She said in a video to her 745k followers: “When you’re walking on the plane and see our happy, smiley face we’re actually looking you up and down and trying to find our ABPs (able bodied people),”
“This is people who are going to help us in an emergency.
“For example: military personnel, fire fighters nurses, doctors, so if we have a medical emergency or we are going to land the plane, or there is a security breach – we know who is on our plane and can help us.”
Carrie Bradley, who worked as a flight attendant for 12 years, agreed, telling Sun Online Travel: “When passengers are boarding, you’re assessing them and seeing if they are an ABP.
“At the door, whilst greeting passengers and checking their boarding card, I would make a very quick assessment to see if they were well, coherent, could understand me and looked fit and healthy.”
She stated that she would chat with passengers during flight to see if any of them could be a helper in an emergency.
She added that she herself was even an ABP when off-duty: “On one occasion when I was a passenger, we had an engine problem and straight away I let the crew know I could be an able-bodied passenger.”
However, Kat’s TikTok fans were left gutted that it meant they weren’t being flirted with.
One person wrote: “I thought y’all were checking me out.”
Another joked: “Them looking at me like… ‘okay useless’.”
However, while many asked how the crew could tell, one person who was a paramedic said they “tell crew and where they are sitting,” which was “always appreciated”.
One flight attendant said they “didn’t get the memo,” adding: “I was just looking for the best looking passengers.”
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